Looking at a game slipping away against the Winnipeg Jets last week, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy twisted his lineup with a late change. He paired two of Colorado's oldest players — and it paid immediate dividends.

Trailing by two goals, Jarome Iginla swapped spots with Ryan O'Reilly on the Avs' top line. Just a few minutes later, Iginla and his new linemates — Alex Tanguay and Matt Duchene — combined for the best-looking goal of the game, a zigzag chain of passes from end to end that led to an Iginla wrist-shot goal.

O'Reilly, with his new linemates Gabe Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon, added the game-tying goal less than five minutes later, and the Avs went on to win in a shootout.

They're odd pairings — Iginla, 37, and Tanguay, 35, are two of the Avs' three oldest players — but it's working. And the Avs will continue with the lineup for the foreseeable future.

"I really enjoy it," Iginla said. "As a winger here, you're in a fortunate position. There are some really good center men. They're a strength of the club."

Duchene, who leads the team with 10 goals, now centers a line with the Avs' No. 2 and 3 goal scorers. Tanguay has nine goals, Iginla 7 (tied with Landeskog).